About Last Night…

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 04: Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (L) (D-NY) speaks while committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R) (R-GA) looks up during an impeachment hearing where constitutional scholars testified before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Honest-to-Blog, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I knew ahead of time that it was going to be hours of grandstanding and attempts to mislead the public for the benefit of a Viewer of One, and so instead I visited the library. I checked in on Twitter now and then and confirmed I made the right choice.

Anyway, there is much betting going on with all The Usual Suspects that the GOP is going to try to ram the process through in two weeks, not call any witnesses, and generally smother the impeachment in the dead of night. As one does.

Axios email thingie:

“Several GOP senators … said it would be better to limit the trial and quickly vote to acquit Trump, rather than engage in what could become a political circus,” per the Post

🥊 Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Axios’ Alayna Treene: “I’m not in the camp of calling a bunch of witnesses. … I think as an American, the best thing we do is deep-six this thing.”

How’s that for process, Republicans!

Tiger Beat On the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) titled their email thingie, Do Democrats have a Plan B? 

“WHILE LAWMAKERS IN THE CAPITOL have settled into a familiar and tested routine — Republicans defending the president, Democrats ripping him to shreds — the president seems to have no strategy. The White House complains about the process, calling it flawed and crooked. And the president’s aides, advisers and surrogates keep saying the Senate process will be fairer, as they look forward to hearing from HUNTER and JOE BIDEN. The Bidens will not be testifying in this trial, senators have said, so the White House is constantly creating a construct in which the GOP Senate will have let down the base. Read WaPo’s Seung Min Kim, Rachael Bade and Paul Kane about a short trial

“…YET DEMOCRATS don’t seem to have a plan, either, for what happens after the Senate acquits Trump. How will Democratic voters process that inevitable result? And how will they respond when Trump claims the Senate vote has vindicated him? And finally, what will they do if he keeps engaging in what they’ve deemed to be impeachable acts?”

The ghost of Cokie Roberts nods her head sagely. Back to Tiger Beat:

SENATE STUFF — The Senate GOP is leaning toward a short impeachment trial that only lasts a few weeks and doesn’t call any witnesses, per Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Steven Dennis, as opposed to the more lengthy trial preferred by Trump. But that would almost certainly frustrate many House Republicans, who are calling for a more aggressive and robust defense strategy in the upper chamber.

And there are already signs that the House GOP is starting to grow restless with their Senate counterparts. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) fired off a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) yesterday urging him to “rethink” his impeachment strategy and calling on him to “fight fire with fire.” Watch out for these long-simmering tensions between the House and Senate GOP to come to a boil at some point. More deets from yours truly: https://politi.co/2EakeBI.

And of course, this being Tiger Beat, there is always the popularity contest aspect. Who will the cool kids chose to be the middle-school hall monitors?

1) Impeachment managers. The full House has to approve a resolution naming the Democrats who will be tasked with prosecuting Trump in a Senate trial, and the lower chamber will likely vote on that measure alongside the impeachment articles next week. And there’s already been intense jockeying behind the scenes, with some members making personal pitches to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the floor and others circulating letters outlining their credentials. Pelosi is keeping her cards close to the vest, but Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Intel Chairman Adam Schiff are both expected to make the cut.

The coveted job could instantly boost a member’s profile while cementing their place in the history books. Just take it from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a manager during Clinton’s impeachment: “When I was an impeachment manager it kind of launched my career.” And even among Republicans, there’s “chit chat” about Trump adding some of his staunch House allies to his defense team, per one GOP member. Much more from Andrew and Heather: https://politi.co/35iTISs.

As Gawd is my waitress, it all comes back to middle school in DC. They all want to be on Student Council.

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5 Responses to About Last Night…

  1. RayLay says:

    Lie, Cheat and Steal 101 & 102 are prerequisites for upper division courses in most business schools across the US, and Donald Trump learned these lessons, plus others, as best he could. As a business man getting caught in corrupt activities generally means paying a fine and moving on, but as a president getting caught lying, cheating, and stealing should result in immediate removal, and those board members (congress) who aren’t so inclined to oust the president for his corruption are complicit participants.

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  2. How will Democratic voters process that inevitable result? And how will they respond when Trump claims the Senate vote has vindicated him? And finally, what will they do if he keeps engaging in what they’ve deemed to be impeachable acts?”

    Do they think we’re morons? We’ll respond the same way we have since he was elected, by kicking ass and taking names. How many GOP house members have decided to run away! run away! “spend more time with their families”? (also has any one asked their families about this???)

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    • Exactly what I was thinking. We are smart enough to know that the GOP Senate would never vote against their money maker. They will give all Americans the middle finger and keep holding up this moron in the WH, even though they also call him a moron. As far as I’m concerned, for our US gov history, the facts have been engraved in our process. As soon as the House votes, he’s been found guilty. When future America views these Impeachment videos (and all other evidence), think about what they will see. Think about how the Republican Reps will be perceived. I wish someone would make a montage with Dem vs Republican speaking at the hearings. They acted like petulant adolescents and mocked our gov process, and the People, without substance or professionalism.

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    If the definition of insanity really IS performing the same actions repeatedly, being confident that the results will finally turn out different, then these Rethugs have the blue-ribbon position all sewed up. So keep beating your heads against the brick wall, I’m certain you’ll see different results one of these times, Retuglicons.

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  4. donnah says:

    At this point, it’s not about debating the articles. There is no debate. Republicans get the mic and shriek, whine, and speed-talk through their time allowance, waving arms and blowing spittle. They have repeated the same talking points over and over, making noise with no substance to share.

    It’t their procedural arguments, not their defense of what the president did. They know they’re toast when it comes to facts. If Trump believed he was innocent he would have gladly allowed people like John Bolton to testify.

    I haven’t watched the procedures today. It gives me heartburn.

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